Dear Trinity Family,

Greetings! This newsletter is for a very specific purpose. It is somewhat lengthy, but please read carefully through it and the links provided below. Anytime God works through his people to build his kingdom the enemy takes notice and will do all he can to tear it down or to put an end to it somehow. We are resolved to stay the course no matter what form this opposition takes. The command of Jesus to disciple the nations is too important a task to be slack with, and our children must be our first priority. We want to be proactive to address a common question that no doubt will arise: “why classical?” This newsletter is aimed at helping parents understand why we call ourselves a “classical Christian” school and why that distinction matters. We don’t want to be distinct just to be distinct, however, and so it’s important to root our methods in Biblical truth.

The book of Proverbs begins in a very particular way. “The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgement, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.” If you’ve been around Trinity, you have probably heard us talk a lot about teaching with the grain of your child’s age development by following the “Trivium.” This means that we teach according to the natural way God has made our children to best learn at any given age. When you first learn about this concept, you start seeing it everywhere - the Bible is no exception. The Trivium separates children into 3 basic age developmental categories: Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric.

The Grammar phase focuses on learning the basic building blocks they will need to thrive in the Logic phase. Children at these younger ages (grades K-6) are eager to memorize and we challenge them with facts that span all subjects from Bible to history to science. This is the knowing of Proverbs 1:2.

The Logic phase focuses on learning the why behind the what that the children have learned thus far. Students in this age group (grades 7-9) begin to think independently and ask “Why?” Our program teaches children in this phase logical thinking and the art of reason and debate. This is the perceiving and receiving in Proverbs 1:2,3).

The Rhetoric phase takes all that the students have learned and perceived up to that point and teaches them how to communicate and share in an eloquent and effective way. This not only reinforces all that they have learned, but it takes their learning and makes it effective in the every day. Students in this age group (grades 10-12) will take the knowledge (grammar) and the skills necessary to arrange those facts into arguments (logic), and will develop the skill of communicating effectively to others (rhetoric). This is the giving in Proverbs 1:4. It’s a full circle method that has been proven effective, and we are excited to be able to provide it to our community.

Are we perfect at it yet? No, certainly much improvement can and will be made as we progress toward what God has called us to do here. At the same time we are trusting God to give the increase and to bring forth the fruit he has promised in our children (Acts 2:39).


The TCCS Administration Team

Prayer Point…

Pray for our building host, American Falls Christian Fellowship:

  • that they may be filled with an increasing knowledge of God.

  • that they would be blessed by their desire to see Trinity thrive.

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…” Colossians 1:9-10

Why Classical Christian Education?

This is a valid question since the resurgence among Christians back toward this tried and true method of education began about 40 years ago. Modern education seeks to train for a job or a career. Classical Christian education prepares students to be excellent learners, rigorous thinkers, and effective doers. Classical Christian education is about who we become, not what we know. At the heart of this aim is the ancient Greek word Paideia (Ephesians 6:4). Paideia is at one level, the transfer of a way of viewing the world from the teacher to the student. At another it shapes and forms the child in terms of his or her desires, passions, and loves. It is essentially the part of upbringing and education that forms the soul of a human being — and it is key to the formation of a culture. Put yet another way, paideia is a description of the values we actually love, the truth we actually believe, and what we assume about the nature of our world. What does education have to do with culture? Classical education recognizes that the answer is “everything.” All schools reinforce some type of paideia (even the government schools). The difference is that classical Christian schools intentionally design their programs to form a Christian paideia.

What is the goal of education? Many schools believe it is about training for a specific vocation. We believe that true education is about forming the soul. As you consider how to educate your child, think about how this choice will influence what your child believes and loves. Who do you want your child to be, not just when they’re 18, but when they are 30, 40, and 50 years old? The goal of classical Christian education is formation, not merely information. We seek to work in harmony with the family, helping to prepare young people to think with depth, believe with courage, and serve with compassion. By analyzing the great ideas of Western civilization and holding them to the light of Scripture, classical Christian students learn wisdom and virtue. Teaching for wisdom and virtue, rather than knowledge alone, alters the focus of education to who we become, not what we know. This enable students to become lifelong learners who don’t see new challenges as barriers but rather opportunities.

Our school is not a “Christianese Factory” either. We are not training robots who know all the right Bible verses but cannot function as Christians in everyday life. We are seeking to train the next generation to take all of Christ into all of life. Whether they become plumbers, teachers, pastors, CEO’s, or prison guards, this sort of Christian formation will prove to be a transforming force in whatever culture our students reside. How do we know this? We’ve learned from the past. 2000 years of historical experience has proven its value. It’s what makes western culture uniquely good and beautiful; it’s how America was born. Why she abandoned it over the last century is another story for another newsletter.

This sounds great in theory, right? How has it played out in actual schools with actual students throughout our nation in the last 40 years? Watch this video from our good friend David Goodwin, president of the Association of Classical Christian Schools, and then look at the results of this independent study of ACCS graduates compared with Christian homeschool, modern Evangelical, Prep school, Catholic, and government school students.

Good Soil | The Classical Difference

This study looked at seven overall profiles in alumni ages 23-45 from these various schools. The full study can be examined here*, or you can click each of the following links to examine each area of study in detail.

  1. Outlook on Life

  2. Christian Life

  3. Christian Commitment

  4. Conservative Worldview

  5. College and Career

  6. Independent Thinkers

  7. Cultural Influence


Please be mindful of the colder weather and send warm clothes for your students to wear during recess…

Mrs. Chapman’s 7-9 Science class conducting an experiment on energy transfer